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Sunday, Sep 6, 2009

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II will be the fourth solo album from Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon. It is the anticipated sequel to the 1995 album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and will be released on September 8th, 2009.


The album was initially announced in 2005, and was completed in 2006. It was not released as of 2007, and was named the “#6 Most Anticipated Album of 2007” by XXL Magazine. Despite all the hype surrounding it, the album kept getting pushed back and release date changes were made. Due to a new contract Raekwon signed with Dr. Dre’s record label, Aftermath Entertainment, distribution concerns also impeded the album’s release to the public. Despite all the fuss and concern, the album was revamped and is now finally set for release.


The first single “New Wu” (originally named “Wu Ooh”), has been getting playback on New York station Hot 97, and the video, which can be seen below, was released exclusively online. The album features all of Wu-Tang Clan except for U-God, and also Cappadonna, Poppa Wu, Blue Raspberry and Suga Bang Bang. Other guests also Busta Rhymes, Styles P., Jadakiss and R&B singer Lyfe Jennings.



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Friday, Sep 4, 2009

Club kid ilk everywhere put on those jukin’ shoes because Simian Mobile Disco just announced their US tour dates (after the jump) in the fall to promote their second studio album Temporary Pleausure out now on Wichita Recordings. This is a follow up to 2007’s Attack Decay Sustain Release. Producers Jas Shaw and James Ford of SMD recruited a pantheon of indie stars including Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, Telepathe, and Chris Keating of Yeasayer giving vocals to Temporary Pleasure‘s first single, “Audacity of Huge”. Recorded in the band’s East London studio, Temporary Pleasure is an album filled with minimalist house beats and robotic vocal distortion of imperative lore. Unlike the heavy-hitting pump up the volume, pump up the volume, dance! of Justice or the Bloody Beetroots, TP stealthily slithers into your cerebrum. 


The band recently forayed into the avant-garde fusion of technology and aesthetics called “augmented reality” or AR. Conceived by Kate Moross and produced by MagicSymbol, an installation celebrating the release of Temporary Pleasure featured a mixture of both real life and computer generated images all within the SMD cosmos, creating the illusion that virtual things thrive in the corporeal realm.  It’s that art imitating life or life imitating art shtick. Those clever synth-cats.


This ambitious, visual evolution for SMD would translate impeccably to their live show, seizure-inducing lightning fest and all. Pyrotechnics aside, SMD live if done the AR way could be a new kind of ecstatic chaos for the concert-going experience, minus the need of drugs. SMD have already expanded their alignment with the AR endimanche’, by having Kate Moross also direct their music video for “Audacity of Huge”.


As an extension of SMD’s said affinities, “Audacity of Huge” is abound with striking, juxtaposed tableaus of things you’d find off the cover of your old EyeWitness books and convex close ups that make you ask, “What is this, really? or “How does it relate to anything?”, reminiscent of Conan O’Brien’s old Late Night skit “Patterns” where we see a few incongruous pictures, only for them to be united by a more-often-than-not grotesque punch line. Nothing super yucky here, thankfully. There’s also a lot of viscous liquids. Honey? Maple syrup? Maybe molasses? Look out for the boys of SMD at the end of the video making a cameo appearance in what appears to be a limited edition set of UNO cards. I guess that illusionary motif finally comes full circle, huh? Still pretty cool though. Be sure to catch SMD kick off their tour of the States on October 28th in Boston, but for now here’s the video for “Audacity of Huge” and a trippy visual performance of “Synthesise”, full of flashy geometrics:



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Friday, Sep 4, 2009

Since 1987’s Cobra Verde, Werner Herzog has directed just two feature films in the ensuing twenty two years—Invincible (2001) and Rescue Dawn (2007), preferring to focus increasingly upon documentaries. It appears he made the right choice as these features were met with general indifference both critically and at the box-office, while his documentaries have garnered multiple awards and almost universal praise. However, with My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, Herzog’s interest in the fiction format appears to have been reignited, with two features completed (the other being his Bad Lieutenant reimagining) and yet another soon to begin filming.


Now, for those of you who upon seeing the title card David Lynch Presents a Werner Herzog Film didn’t immediately turn off the trailer and start pulling out your wallets- let me enlighten you as to why this quite possibly could be the most awesome-est thing ever!  OK, well maybe of the year…


Number one—the plot. The film is based on the true story of a San Diego man who acts out a Sophocles play in his mind and kills his mother with an antique saber. Awesome.


Number two—the cast. Willem Dafoe (owner of a lifetime pass for his work as Bobby Peru in Wild at Heart), Michael Shannon, Cloe Sevigny, Grace Zabriskie, and Udo Kier. Doubly awesome.


Number three—Uh, a pack of ostriches stole Udo Kier’s glasses. Seriously, did you not see that? When was the last time time you saw something that randomly weird (and totally unrelated to plot) in a mainstream American trailer? Exactly.


Unfortunately, no official release date has been provided as of yet. One possible reason—studio executives realized what they got themselves into and are nervously stalling for time trying to figure out how to market this eccentricity to cineplexes in Nebraska. If this is in fact the case, we may be waiting for quite some time…



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Friday, Sep 4, 2009

Has it really been 12 years since Beavis and Butthead went off the air? And please, don’t even try to tell me you haven’t missed them…


Series creator Mike Judge brings back the boys to promote his new film Extract, which stars Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck, and Mila Kunis. Early word is good on this one, apparently a return-to-form of sorts after the disappointing Idiocracy.


Extract comes to a theatre near you on September 4th.  Judge still has not released an official statement regarding any upcoming Beavis and Butthead projects, leaving many wishing he would.


Huh-huh. I said “wood”.



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Thursday, Sep 3, 2009

Wildbirds & Peacedrums
The Snake
(The Control Group)
Released: 25 August


Wildbirds & Peacedrums’ video for “My Heart” is both colorful and imaginative, matching with the band’s sound. Directed by fellow Swede Sarah Fisk, the animation is as engaging to watch as the song is to hear.


SONG LIST
01 The Island
02 There Is No Light
03 Chain Of Steel
04 So Soft So Pink
05 Places
06 Great Lines
07 Today/Tomorrow
08 Liar Lion
09 Who Ho Ho Ho
10 My Heart



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